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Watch the iPhone 6s crush the newly-released Galaxy Note 7 in an app speed test

The iPhone 6s beat the Galaxy Note 7 in a speed test despite the newer phone featuring 2GB more of RAM.


John-Michael Bond


Posted on Aug 23, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 4:59 am CDT

When purchasing a smartphone it’s often easy to get wrapped up in which device has the best specs on paper. After all, this is an investment and you want the biggest return for your dollars. With the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, a cutting edge phone with 4GB of RAM and a 14-nanometer Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core 64-bit processor, the folks at PhoneBuff had a question: How does this years Galaxy Note 7 stack up to last year’s iPhone 6s. 

The 6s has an Apple A9 chip and only 2GB of RAM. Could it hold its own against the beefier new phone? 

The results are a bit surprising. In the test each phone simultaneously launched the same apps. Apple’s iPhone 6s was able to open 14 apps in one minute and 21 seconds, while the Galaxy Note 7 took two minutes and 4 seconds to launch the same programs. 

It’s a testament to Apple’s focus on integrated hardware and software, but it shouldn’t necessarily be a deal breaker for you when considering which device to buy. There’s not going to be a time you need to clock your phone to this degree. Still it’s important to remember when looking at a new device, specs aren’t everything. Apple is expected to release its newest iPhone in the coming months.

H/T MacRumors

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*First Published: Aug 23, 2016, 6:20 pm CDT